The best Xbox Series X | S games to date
We make a top with the best games for Xbox Series X | S available to date. As always, and as the generation progresses, we will update the ranking with video games for Microsoft’s console (s) that are worthwhile.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, Microsoft’s ninth generation consoles, have been around for more than two months. And you know what that means: it’s time to choose your best games.
Well, okay, you are probably thinking that it is just the other way around, that it is still too early to launch into making tops, rankings, lists, etc. in a generation that has just started to walk … But you know that at Hobby Consolas we like to anticipate events. So much so that we have already done it with the best PS5 games.
Now seriously: we usually publish this type of report so that you have a kind of guide at hand with which to know which are the best games on each platform. And as the generation progresses and new (and better) video games are released, we will make changes to reflect that. By this what we mean is that don’t worry if you see a lot of familiar faces on the list right now, because little by little we will update it.
Also, and as we already did in the best of PS5, we remind you that all games that have specific improvements for the Microsoft family of consoles are eligible to enter, easy to identify thanks to the label “Optimized for Xbox Series X | S” . With that said, let’s find out which are the best games for Xbox Series X and Series S.
Developer: Bloober Team
Launch: January 28, 2021
Gender: Psychological terror
After showing that they have a good hand for terror with games like Layers of Fear (and its sequel) or Blair Witch, the Polish Bloober Team have blessed us with one of the most unique experiences to be found on Xbox Series X | S: The Medium. It is a story of psychological horror that puts us in the role of Marianne, a medium who has the ability to visit the realm of spirits.
This power gives meaning to what is undoubtedly the most interesting aspect of The Medium: at certain moments, the screen is divided and we can contemplate both the real world and the spirit world, leading to really ingenious situations and puzzles. To put the icing on the cake, the legendary Akira Yamaoka, known for his work on the Silent Hill saga, is responsible for some of the songs on the soundtrack. If you want to go deeper, we leave you with our analysis of The Medium. You have it in Game Pass.
CALL OF THE SEA
Developer: Out of the Blue
Launch: December 8, 2020
Gender: Puzzles / Adventure
How long have you not played a puzzle game? We are talking about real puzzles, not the easy puzzles with which many current titles are usually peppered. The Spanish studio Out of the Blue has allowed us to recall old times, when puzzles could be ingenious and the absolute protagonists, with its first game: Call of the Sea.
From a first person view we control Norah Everheart, an art teacher who travels to a mysterious island in search of her missing husband. As we penetrate the island things are twisting more and more, reaching levels of cosmic horror brand Lovecraft. Of course, to do that you are going to have to be good at giving him the coconut, well Call of the Sea invites us to solve very complex puzzles that require us to pay a lot of attention to the scenarios, and that we are able to unravel all the clues. If you want to know more, we leave you our analysis of Call of the Sea. You have it in Game Pass!
Developer: The Coalition
Launch: September 10, 2019
Surely before entering the report you already imagined that you would see Gears 5 here, but the latest installment of the legendary Gear of War saga is so good, that it is worth playing again on the new Microsoft consoles.
Above all because Gears 5 is one of the games optimized for Xbox Series X | S. Specifically, in Series X it reaches 4K resolution and moves to 60fps, making one of the most powerful games on Xbox One also on next-gen consoles. Do you want more reasons? Hive Crusher, a hilarious story DLC that has been designed with Xbox Series X | S in mind, has been available since December last year. We leave you with our analysis of Gears 5. And yes, it is also in Game Pass.
FORZA HORIZON 4
Developer: Playground Games
Launch: October 2, 2018
And we could say something very similar about Forza Horizon 4: the Playground Games saga has become the queen of driving, and the latest installment is good proof that they are not thinking of taking their foot off the gas (although their next job is going to change the speed for the role and the fantasy … But that only makes us want to get the glove more).
And yes on Xbox One it was already a full-blown visual display, with the best for Xbox Series X | S Forza Horizon 4 win integers, reached a 4K resolution and maintaining a very stable 60fps. Even if you are not attracted to driving games, we are talking about a real must have. Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at our analysis of Forza Horizon 4. Do you want it? You have it in Game Pass.
ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
Developer: Moon Studios
Launch: March 11, 2020
Gender: Platforms / Metroidvania
Ori and the Blind Forest was an unexpected gem, one of those games that comes quietly and becomes instant classics. It seemed difficult to keep up with its sequel, but at Moon Studios they showed that they are true artisans of platforms and visual sensibility.
Because Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an authentic game: a title that takes everything that made the first Ori great and refines it, with an even more beautiful visual style (which seemed impossible), an unforgettable soundtrack, and new mechanics that make it deeper, longer, and more satisfying. In short: you have to play Ori and the WIll of the Wisps, especially on Xbox Series X, where you can choose between a super-sampled 6K resolution mode or 120fps. We leave you our analysis of Ori and the Will of the Wisps in case you need. Oh yeah, it’s on Game Pass too.
HALO: THE CHIEF MASTER COLLECTION
Developer: 343 Industries
Launch: November 11, 2014
Five games – among which are some of the best FPS of recent times – gathered in the same anthology with numerous visual improvements, extras and a multiplayer that is still very much alive more than six years after its launch.
We honestly don’t know what else we can say to convince you that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is one of the best games on Xbox Series X | S, because of course it is also optimized for new platforms, with options to play at 4K resolution and up to 120fps. What we can do is invite you to read our review of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and remind you that … It’s on Game Pass!
SEA OF THIEVES
Launch: March 20, 2018
Gender: Action / adventure
And speaking of multiplayer games that are more alive than ever … Sea of Thieves! Almost three years after its launch, Rare’s pirate adventure continues to sail under full sail. And we would dare to say that we are going through the best time to get on the boat. Come on, it’s time to tackle all the details. We already stopped. Or not.
The fact is that just a few weeks ago a seasonal system was introduced in Sea of Thieves that gives a twist to the progression, making piracy even more interesting. If we add to that all the content that has been added since the launch or the improvements for Xbox Series X (reached 120fps), there is no choice but to hit the bottle of rum (in the game). We leave you our analysis of Sea of Theives, a game that, believe it or not, is on Game Pass.
Developer: Splash Damage (in collaboration with The Coalition)
Launch: April 28, 2020
Gender: Turn-based strategy
There comes a time in the life of every successful saga when you have to step out of your comfort zone to try new things. Sometimes it goes wrong … And sometimes, as is the case with Gears Tactics, it works surprisingly well. Because it seemed difficult for a saga characterized by its intense shootouts to marry well with the slow action of the turn-based strategy, but the good people of Splash Damage pulled out of their sleeve a title that unites the best of both worlds, in the purest XCOM style .
And be careful, because true to the style of large deliveries, Gears Tactics is also a technical display that will leave you with your mouth open, especially on Xbox Series X, where it can reach 4K resolution while maintaining 60fps. Add the different types of units, a deep customization system and you have a game for a while. If you want to know more, you can consult our analysis of Gears Tactics. And if you want to play it, you have it on Game Pass.
YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Launch: November 10, 2020
Funny how quickly the tables can turn. A few years ago the Yakuza saga was synonymous with PlayStation; Xbox users could just watch while others raved about the game that mixes a serious story of Japanese gangsters with surreal moments like going to karaoke (dame da neee) or taking phone calls.
And now? Now the entire Yakuza saga is on Xbox. And the last installment, the different, crazy and hilarious Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has arrived earlier on Xbox Series X | S than on PS5, with the usual string of visual and performance improvements. In our analysis of Yakuza: Like a Dragon we tell you why it is a game to take into account, especially if you like JRPG. The best? Yakuza: Like a Dragon is on Game Pass … along with the other six numbered installments in the saga. Crazy.
ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Launch: November 10, 2020
Gender: Action / Adventure
We end up with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest and successful chapter in Ubisoft’s Assassins and Templars saga. On this occasion, history invites us to discover the era of the Vikings, with their axes, looting, beards and ___fights, from the perspective of Eivor, a warrior takes up arms.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla maintains the style of play that the series adopted after the launch of Origins, tilting the balance even more towards the RPG, with tons of weapons, armor and abilities that allow us to build the Viking assassin of our dreams. In Xbox Series X, in addition, this delivery looks great, thanks to the possibility of reaching 4K resolution and 60fps. We leave you with our analysis of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a game that is not in Game Pass … yet.
And those are for the moment the best games for Xbox Series X | S in 2021, a constantly growing list that we will update as the generation advances and better video games are released. Are you missing something? What titles among all those that are released soon do you think will become part of our top? And remember: if it’s a video game, it’s probably on Game Pass.